“Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase.”
~ Percy W. Harris
Did I already mention that I have the best husband in the world? He decided that our first “empty nester” trip should be taking me to PSW in Las Vegas. I have to admit it has been a great distraction from the fact that I just left my only child in a new environment by herself!
I highly recommend going to a PSW conference if you have never been before, as there is something for every level of photographer, graphic artist, and web designer. Don’t be intimidated! Where else can you go to take classes from some of the best in business, from Scott Kelby himself to Jay Maisel? I promise you will come away inspired and your creativity will be reset.
I did an amazing pre-con with Kevin Ames and spent the next three days taking seminars from Matt Kloskowski, Gyn Dewis, Jay Maisel, RC Conception and Joe McNally, just to name a few.
What I learned:
Have you ever gotten a new camera and, with it, a new resolve to take awesome photographs? It’s too bad we usually forget the most basic first step - to read the manual. There is no other way to truly learn your camera inside and out. If you can’t make yourself go through the manual, there are some pretty good DVDs available these days that walk you through your particular camera. I shoot with a Nikon D90 (www.B&H.com) and I love it, but even after six years I have to sometimes stop and think about how to do things.
The second step when getting a new camera is to get out and actually use it. Don’t just wait until you have an occasion to shoot. I love Glyn Dewis, not just because he's a nice guy and an awesome photographer, but also because he has a style of teaching that engages every level of skill. His idea of personal projects is a brilliant way to practice and grow. It doesn’t have to be for anyone to see, but by setting a personal project, you are pushing and challenging yourself to become better.
During the Closing Ceremony, Erik Valind talked about the importance of surrounding yourself with creative, like-minded people. How stepping out of your comfort zone may be the best thing you ever do. Leading you to finding your true passion. Sometimes all it takes is a leap of faith.